1978 Yamaha Chappy LB80

HIGH BID: $900

Reserve price has not been met.

This auction has ended.


Please Note: This bike currently does not start; the seller believes it needs a carb clean and has asked us to list it as-is.

Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, Yamaha sold a series of step-through scooters — also known as the “Chappy” — in an effort to compete with Honda’s tiny trail bikes. The most common variants were the 50cc LB50 and the 72cc LB80, the former of which was often equipped with pedals mounted on the swingarm.

As with other bikes of this size, the Chappy was intended to be an approachable option for smaller riders looking for a way to get around town. Accordingly, it came standard with 8-inch tires, a two-stage, two-speed automatic transmission, and maintenance-friendly conveniences like oil injection.

Interestingly, the gearbox technically offered four speeds all together: two lower speeds for uphill climbing and trail riding and two higher speeds for runabout duty and on-road cruising.

Though the lower end on the LB50 and LB80 were identical, the top-end differed significantly model to model — and with it, the performance. The LB50 topped out at 21mph to 23mph, while the LB80 could reach up to 35mph with enough power to pop a wheelie.

Manufactured in December of 1977, this example is VIN: 2F7005451, Engine #: 2F7005451. The seller acquired the bike three years ago.

The odometer shows 1,441 miles.

The seller reports that the bike “ran great before storage.” He suspects that it will need a carb clean.

This Chappy appears to be completely stock.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Nitto NT-307 tires that have aged out.

The sale includes two keys.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean California title with registration that expired in August 2018.

Per the DMV website, it would cost $763 to make registration current through August 2023.

Have any Chappy stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Please Note: This bike currently does not start; the seller believes it needs a carb clean and has asked us to list it as-is.

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Total Bids Placed: 6

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: Mikecr50

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Mikecr50 May 18, 2023 7:26 pm $900
dischulman May 12, 2023 4:46 pm $800
Tcb42 May 12, 2023 4:46 pm $700 Auto
Tcb42 May 12, 2023 2:48 pm $500 Auto
Uncle Jerry May 12, 2023 2:48 pm $400
Tcb42 May 12, 2023 1:08 pm $1
Auction started May 12, 2023 8:28 am
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